Rock Climbing and Rappelling
The purpose of the climbing program is to introduce rock climbing
and rappelling to the participants of Camp Mountaineer.
The climbing and rappelling
program will give participants the basic knowledge of equipment,
techniques, equipment use, and safety concerns needed for a safe and
effective climbing and rappelling experience. The program is not
designed to give participants the skills or knowledge to go out and
climb on their own (without an experienced climbing professional).
Rock climbing is one of the most rapidly growing outdoor sports.
Many young people are now engaging in it with various degrees of
knowledge and ability. The purpose of this program is to introduce
rock climbing and rappelling to the participants of Camp Mountaineer.
Rock climbing supports Scouting's basic objectives. It clearly
promotes physical fitness, being one of the most strenuous outdoor
activities. Rock climbing provides a worthy challenge. As their
knowledge and skill increase, participants become more confident and
develop more self reliance.
Good physical condition is a prerequisite for participating in rock
climbing or rappelling. Scouts or leaders with serious medical
problems must have approval from a physician licensed to practice
medicine and have had a medical examination within one year. Staff
must be informed (privately) of the physical or mental limitations
of any participant.
The rock climbing and rappelling program will be
conducted using the books Outdoor Skills Instruction:
Rappelling/Climbing, Boy Scouts of America and the
Climbing Merit Badge Book.
Climbing and Rappelling
The LEVEL 1 climbing and rappelling program will provide general
knowledge of the sport to the beginning climber and will permit an
initial, supervised experience. The course is 13 + hours long and is
conducted at Morgan and Washboard rocks (ranging in height from 3-15
meters), and at the 15 meter climbing tower
located in a natural setting at Camp Mountaineer.
Scout Groups that participate in this program during the Camp Mountaineer
Summer Camp program will meet the requirements for
Climbing Merit Badge.
Climbing and Rappelling
The LEVEL 2 climbing and rappelling program is designed to hone
climbing skills by providing a wide range of climbing routes to
program participants. The LEVEL 2 program allows participants to try
different types of rappelling and ropework techniques. The LEVEL 2
course is 6 hours in length and is conducted on the climbing tower.
Other Climbing and Rappelling Programs
Other programs are available upon request. We can customize a
program to the needs of the participants. These programs are
conducted by trained and experienced Mountaineer Area Council, BSA,
COPE Instructors, under the supervision of a National Camping School
certified COPE Director.
Older Scouts and adult leaders are encouraged to take these courses
during the regular Camp Mountaineer Summer Camp season.
For More Information . . .
Groups and/or individuals interested in any of the climbing and
rappelling programs offered by Mountaineer Area Council are
encouraged to call the Mountaineer Area Council Scout Office at (304)
366-3940 or e-mail Jeff Anderson at
for more information.
Check out some
pictures from the rock climbing and rappelling
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Updated Thursday, 02-Sep-1999 12:35:22 CDT.